Colts by Improbable, Kantharos top Book 3 of September sale

Monday, September 18th, 2023

Hip 1687, a colt by Improbable bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinksi, sold for $150,000 Sunday at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Paramount Sales.

A pair of New York-bred colts sold for six figures apiece Sunday as Book 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale wrapped up in Lexington.

Hip 1687, a colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Improbable, sold for $150,000 to Matthew Robert. Bred by Jerry Bilinski, DVM, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the colt is the second foal out of the Tapit mare Ellie’s Smile.

The colt is a half-brother to Superstarsusan, a 2-year-old New York-bred daughter of Hard Spun who sold for $95,000 at this year’s OBS April sale. Originally sold for $45,000 as a weanling at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale, Superstarsusan made her debut Aug. 10 at Saratoga and finished fourth in her second start Sept. 15 at the Belmont at the Big A meet.

Ellie’s Smile, purchased by Bilinski in foal to Hard Spun at the 2020 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Dust and Diamonds and stakes-placed Sandra, the dam of New York-bred stakes winner Water’s Edge.

The Improbable colt originally sold as a weanling for $170,000 to Norevale Farm at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.

Hip 1832, a colt by Kantharos bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds and Tuscany Bloodstock, sold for $140,000 Sunday at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Sequel New York.

Hip 1832, a colt by Kantharos and half-brother to four winners, sold for $140,000 to Barry K. Schwartz. Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds LLC and Tuscany Bloodstock, foaled at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson and consigned by Sequel New York, agent, the colt is out of the winning Ghostzapper mare Owl Moon. She’s the dam of six foals, including the stakes-placed $76,120-earner Blue Strike and $118,841-earner Evei’s Prince.

Owl Moon, the winner of two of eight starts, is a half-sister to stakes-winner Fool’s Paradise and is out of a full-sister to Grade 1-placed classic starter Atswhatimtalknbout from the family of Moonwalk, Thatswhatimean, Enbarr and Stormy Lucy.

Keeneland reported sales on 17 of the 24 New York-breds offered through the first six sessions for a total of $3,310,000, an average price of $194,706 and median of $150,000.

The sale continues with the first of two Book 4 sessions at 10 a.m. Monday.

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